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[INDOT] Tree Cutting Completed for I-69 Section 4
Start Date: 4/5/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 4/5/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
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Tree Cutting Completed for I-69 Section 4
Cutting Restriction Avoids Harm to Indiana Bat

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) contractors completed tree cutting activities before April 1 within the right-of-way secured for I-69 Section 4, allowing construction to begin on all 27 miles of new interstate highway in Greene and Monroe counties.

The I-69 project is being built in compliance with the Endangered Species Act and other state and federal laws. Under agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other regulatory agencies, INDOT is not cutting trees between April 1 and November 15 of each year to avoid possible harm to the endangered Indiana bat during its roosting season. INDOT encourages nearby landowners and loggers to follow the tree cutting restriction as well.

Contractors may continue to mulch or haul off trees within the I-69 Section 4 work zone that were cut prior to April 1.

Timber buyers and agents must be licensed under Indiana law, and must pay landowners for timber harvested. Any person or entity offering to harvest trees within these restricted time frames is not working for or on behalf of INDOT. Landowners may verify that a timber buyer or logging company is properly licensed by searching the Indiana Online Licensing website at

As part of I-69 Section 4, INDOT is restoring or preserving 4,100 acres of wetlands, streams and forests, many of which are adjacent to Martin State Forest and other managed properties. INDOT is planting or preserving more than 1 million trees as part of the project’s unprecedented environmental commitments. INDOT has also preserved four priority caves that house 34,000 endangered Indiana bats.

Contact Information:
Name: Will Wingfield
Phone: 317-233-4675
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